Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roland Kuit's Awsome "Laboratory Of Patching" - an Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis

Perhaps you remember my earlier post about his Soundlab II book and patch compilation. Suffice to say Roland Kuit has done it again!

Sometimes I think I'm a bit of a completest or perfectionist but I've got nothing on Roland! :)
The Laboratory of Patching can be described as sort of a superset of his earlier work but is much more than that. The book comes bundled with the Nord Modular G2 demo so you can experience all of the included patches and tutorials with your own ears as well as fully interact with them yourself.

This is one of the most thorough and in-depth collection of instructions and tutorials of modular synthesis it has ever been my pleasure to experience. Some of my favorite areas are the investigations of off-the-beaten-track synthesis methods like Additive, Formant, VOSIM, Physical Modelling, Wave Terrain and Granular, just to name a few.

The basic sections start with simple building blocks and take you all the way to constructing replicas of famous synthesizers like the Korg MS-20 and Arp 2600. But that is just for starters! From there you move through a myriad of synthesis methods and audio processing that touch on areas as diverse as Techno/House music, extreme Experimental music and the history of sound synthesis itself.  There is also a wealth of info on external signal processing and manipulation of existing audio.

By all means, please check out Roland's page for a complete explanation of what's on offer in this massive cornucopia of information and sound. It's hard to convey the vast amount of information, audio examples and first-hand-experience included in a package like this. It is truly astounding!

Link: The Laboratory Of Patching

Discounts are available for Soundlab I & II users as well as College and University students.

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